Fast Five Quiz: Schizophrenia Presentation and Diagnosis

Stephen Soreff, MD


April 13, 2021

OC symptoms, such as the need to check, count, or repeat certain activities, are present in a number of patients with schizophrenia. The association between OC symptoms and schizophrenia is unclear; however, these symptoms may occur as an adverse effect of certain antipsychotic medications. OC symptoms may be similar to those present in pure OCD; however, whereas patients with OCD are often aware that their obsessive ideas are irrational, the OC symptoms of patients with schizophrenia can occur in response to delusions and hallucinations, which these patients believe to be true.

Many patients with schizophrenia report symptoms of depression and anxiety, but it remains unclear whether these symptoms are independent of schizophrenia, a response to schizophrenia, or a side effect of treatment. They may show anhedonia, a lack of pleasure or joy.

Although some patients with schizophrenia may become violent, the majority of patients with schizophrenia are nonviolent. However, hallucinations and delusions may cause episodes of violence. Unfortunately, incidents of violence in schizophrenia have been highly publicized, increasing stigma of the condition.

Learn more about the clinical presentation and complications of schizophrenia.


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